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Everest Circuit Trekking

Enjoy the striking views of Everest including several other similar peaks, high passes and Gokyo Lake on the Everest Circuit trekking

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18 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5545 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.15
  • Best Time: Feb - June, Sep - Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Strenuous Plus Level

This grade includes climbing peaks and the demanding treks in remote areas. Participants having basic knowledge of use of crampons and ice axes.

Every challenging road to success for an individual is worth the struggle if the sense of accomplishment at the end brings you a realization of your own purpose in life. Everest Circuit Trekking is one of those incredible journeys that will leave an indelible memory for a trekker to cherish for a lifetime.

Everest Circuit trekking is a life-changing experience which is designed for those adventure seekers who want to explore the whole Everest region with an enthusiastic and determined spirit. This is a challenging trek which demands physical fitness and few years of experience in climbing high altitude mountains. Since this is one of the most adventurous and stunning treks in the Khumbu Region, Everest Circuit trekking covers all the beautiful treasure of this area. As challenging as it is, this is undoubtedly the finest mountain journeys in the Himalayas that has a blend of unique Sherpa cultures and traditions in it. The trek provides an opportunity to visit the world famous Tengboche monastery which is at a height of 3860 m to give you a better insight on Buddhist culture.

Fascinating Everest Circuit Trekking leads us to the home of the legendary Sherpa people, based at the foothills of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest which is at an altitude of 8848m. Everest circuit trekking is followed by the highly praised trekking route which passes through the mesmerizing Dudh Koshi to its source the Gokyo Lake. Gokyo Lake is to the west of the Everest base camp which subsequently takes you towards the summit Gokyo Peak (5483 m). Gokyo Peak offers a fantastic panoramic view of the snow-capped, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu and is said to be a paradise for photographers as they get an outstanding shot of the mountains up-close.

En route back to Lukla, we cross the Chola pass which is followed by Everest base camp, Kalapathar, down to Tengboche monastery, Everest view hotel, and Namche Bazaar. On our Everest circuit trekking, we enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Everest including several other similar peaks and explore the Buddhists monasteries located at the world's highest elevation.

Everest Circuit Trekking short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2880m), 35 minutes and trek to Phakding (2640m), 4 hrs walking.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 6 hours walking.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day, hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 05: Trek from Namche to Phorste Thanga (3680m), 5 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Phorste Thanga to Machhermo (4470m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 07: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m), 6 hrs walking.
Day 08: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and back to Gokyo, 5 hrs walking. 
Day 09: Trek from Gokyo to Thangna (4500m), 5 hrs walking. 
Day 10: Cross Cho la pass (5300m) then trek to Dzongla (4710m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4900m), 4 to 5 hrs walking. 
Day 12: Trek to EBC (5364m) then back to Gorak Shep (5150m), 7 to 8 hrs walking.
Day 13: Hike to Kala patthar (5545m) and trek down to Periche (4200m), 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Day 14: Trek from Periche to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 15: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight.
Day 18: Final Departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Everest Circuit Trekking – Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350 m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders greets and transfers you to your hotel where you rest and relax at leisure. In the evening, we will take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for a welcome dinner. Enjoy the dinner. We will brief you about your Everest Circuit trek after that. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2880 m) | 35 minutes| Trek to Phakding (2640 m) | 4 hrs walk.
Breakfast at hotel. We take a 35-minute spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla from where you will get a chance to look down on the rolling hills of Nepal and witness the rocky mountains up-close. This is where our adventurous journey really begins. We start our trek to Phakding which is a very pleasant hike. On the way, we will get a beautiful view of Mt. Nupla (5885m), Mt. KusumKangaru (6367m) and Mt. Kwangde range. Overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 6 hours walk.
We continue trekking alongside the banks of Dudh Kosi River. We cross the majestic river many times walking over it through exciting suspension bridges loaded with colorful prayer flags. Eventually, after entering the Everest National park, the trail goes steeply straight up passing through breathtaking views of mother nature. Namche Bazaar which is considered the Gateway to Everest is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops and also has facilities like money exchange services, internet cafes, ATMs, bank and bakeries if needed. Namche is the biggest town in the Everest trail. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 04: Acclimatization day - Namche Bazaar | Hike to Everest View Hotel.
We spend an extra day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will then hike a short distance to a museum that is renowned for its exhibits of traditional ritual and customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Everest View Hotel which is at a height from where we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Dinner and overnight stay at a lodge in Namche.

Day 05: Trek from Namche to PhorsteThanga (3680 m) | 5 hours walk.
The trail climbs steeply out of valley alongside the rhododendron forest which brightens up the route with its vibrant red color. Eventually, juniper and large conifers appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Mt. Khumbi La and Mt. Tawache are splendid throughout the day. Overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from PhorsteThanga to Machhermo (4470 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walk. 
We climb a ridge for an excellent view both, down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu. We then descend alongside fresh blue rivers and climb a steep trail to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We will reach Machhermo by early noon and spend the night at a lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790 m) | 6 hrs walk.
The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4795m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights, enjoying a couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483 m) and back to Gokyo | 5 hrs walk. 
Early in the morning, we travel through a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5483m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt to complete this trip. They get an overwhelming view of the fabulous Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas. The journey does not end there since travelers will get to witness the Himalayan giants Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Gychung Kang. We take a day off for acclimatization and return back to the Gokyo valley afterward. Overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Gokyo to Thangna (4500 m) | 5 hrs walk. 
We trek to the foot of Cho La pass. Accommodation in Thangna will be very basic and in a dormitory-based room because of its remoteness. Overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Cross Cho La pass (5300m) then trek to Dzongla (4710 m) | 6 to 7 hrs walk.
We start our trek before sunrise at around 4 to 5 am and reach the pass by 9 to 10 am in order to dodge the bad weather conditions that occur at noon. We start our climb by walking on the steep trails that are regularly used and easy to follow. However, difficulties may arise due to the altitude and heaps of snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by a heavy snow. As we reach the top, we are rewarded by the magnificent views that surround us. We then descend to the Dzongla at noon. Accommodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory style room because of its remoteness. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4900m) | 4 to 5 hrs walk. 
A rather easier and shorter trekking route will take us to Lobuche after just 4 to 5 hours of walk. Overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek to EBC (5364 m) then back to Gorak Shep (5150 m) | 7 to 8 hrs walk.
This will be a difficult day for the trekkers as we will have to walk alongside the Khumbu glacier and up to Everest base camp which is at 5364 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest, without any mountaineering equipment. There will likely be another team there about to attempt the trek to the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from base camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep and stay there for the night.

Day 13: Hike to Kala patthar (5545m) and trek down to Periche (4200m) | 6 to 7 hrs walk. 
This is considered to be the toughest day of the whole journey to Everest Circuit, yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak (by the Himalayan standards) at 5643m. The mounting is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama view of Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8848 m, which towers directly ahead and is visible from all sides along with other giants like Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Chagatse, Mt. Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180m then trek down to Periche. Overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Periche to Tengboche (3860m) | 5 to 6 hrs walk.
To reach Tengboche we pass through Pangboche village which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in Khumbu region. The trail ascends and descends at a gentle speed. Upon our arrival at Tengboche village, we come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker visiting the center where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold that interests the visitors. They also demonstrate a slide presentation about Sherpa people, their culture, Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3445m) | 5 to 6 hrs walk. 
From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250 m) crossing the Dudh Koshi River. Now we get a glimpse of the panoramic views of the great peaks of Khumbu including Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. KusumKangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell their Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with the stunning view of dense forests, scenery and snowy mountains. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m) | 6 to 7 hrs walk.
The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay.

Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes flight.
After our last breakfast in the Himalayas, we head back to the airport at Lukla. We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which is about 35 minutes. Upon arrival at an airport, you will be escorted back to the hotel you will be given enough time to rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will take you to an authentic Nepali restaurant to have a farewell dinner. Enjoy the meal and drinks and celebrate your accomplishment of climbing the thrilling Everest circuit. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Final Departure.
After breakfast, we drop you to the international airport for your flight back home. We wish you have a safe flight and we hope to see you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
  • Everest National park fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Guest house or mountain lodges) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Everest Circuit trekking:

How can I book Everest Circuit trekking?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Everest Circuit trekking?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Everest Circuit trekking?
Mid Feb to June and Mid September early December is the best season. However, July, August and Jan are also okay and trekking can be done.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Everest Circuit trekking. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Everest Circuit trekking is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5545m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our team leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Trek Checklist

Equipments & Packing List for Everest Circuit trekking.

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Trip Map

Map for Everest trekking

Everest Region Trekking Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).


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